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posted Friday, April 1, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 13
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The Sounds are ringing loud and clear

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

If you ever send a care package to Felix Rodriguez, remember to include corn tortillas. The guitarist for rock-electro band The Sounds, and many of his amigos back home in Sweden, are suckers for a good taco and are often limited to the flour variety of the Mexican flatbread. The Malmo-based group released their fourth album this week, titled Something to Die For, which includes the leadoff single and international smash 'Better Off Dead' - an official music video for the track should post on YouTube in the coming days. Rodriguez, who is half Chilean/half Swedish and entirely irresistible, spoke with me by phone this week hours before The Sounds performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! From a backstage green room in L.A., here's what Felix Rodriguez revealed inside The Music Lounge.

Albert Rodriguez: Do you have a favorite song from the new album?

Felix Rodriguez: To play live, I would say 'Better Off Dead' and 'Dance with the Devil.' This album is a little bit darker music-wise and also lyric-wise. I don't know why that happened - probably because we live in Malmo, Sweden, and we always write music during the wintertime. Winter in Sweden is cold and boring and dark. If you're surrounded in that environment, it takes you in a different way, to darker places.

A. Rodriguez: With the new album coming out, are you planning to go on tour?

F. Rodriguez: We haven't announced any dates yet; we're still booking. Probably in the fall we'll do a proper U.S. tour.

A. Rodriguez: What do you remember about Seattle?

F. Rodriguez: I think I went to some kind of fish market. I remember being in Seattle because it was raining, and we were making fun of it because it always rains in Seattle. We went outside and got wet, so we had a good time.

A. Rodriguez: Is there anywhere in the U.S. you haven't played at yet that you really want to?

F. Rodriguez: Well, we haven't played in Hawaii. We were almost going to go there with No Doubt, but we didn't. But we were on the No Doubt tour for like two months. Alaska, we haven't been to. That would be cool because it's a totally different environment. We've been to so many cities, and sometimes it's fun to come to a city that is weird because it's so different from Sweden.

A. Rodriguez: You have a strong percentage of Gay fans in the U.S. Is this the same internationally?

F. Rodriguez: I think so. I don't think that is something just coming from the States. We played in Mexico and I also got that same question there. I don't know why we have it, but it's awesome.

A. Rodriguez: Maybe it's the Swedish blood. I grew up believing Swedish men were the hottest.

F. Rodriguez: You might have a point there. I won't disagree.

A. Rodriguez: Which music artists do you follow?

F. Rodriguez: I would say The Strokes, actually. The Strokes always interest me in how they progress as a band. I remember when we toured with them in 2004 and I got inspired by the way they bond, how they act as a band, and why they sound the way they sound. I just bought The Strokes' album [Angles] two nights ago.

A. Rodriguez: Were they cool to tour with?

F. Rodriguez: Yeah, they were awesome. We had a great time!

A. Rodriguez: What souvenirs from America do you take back to your mom and family?

F. Rodriguez: In the beginning, we brought souvenirs like stupid little cup holders saying 'I Love NYC' or something like that. But the last time I brought back some Mexican art, some Mexican dolls - I bought a huge one, I'm a huge fan of Mexican culture and art. I just got a mariachi hat from a friend in Guadalajara.

A. Rodriguez: I'm sure when you come to America you have much better Mexican food than back in Sweden.

F. Rodriguez: A lot of people in Sweden on the weekends gather together a bunch of dudes or girls and just eat tacos - hard shell tacos with ground beef - and everyone loves this, it's huge! I live in Malmo and it has 300,000 people and I guess we have one, maybe two Mexican restaurants.

A. Rodriguez: For those of us who've never been to Sweden before, describe what it's like.

F. Rodriguez: Sweden is a beautiful country in many ways. Many of the cities are old, like the city where we're from, Helsingborg - it's over 950 years old. You can see old buildings, which is pretty rare in the States. It's really clean here in Sweden on the streets. Also, the people are pretty humble and reserved.

A. Rodriguez: Do you find Swedish people or Americans to be sexier?

F. Rodriguez: Maybe the American people because they might be more outgoing. But also the Swedish people, because we're known for just having random, casual sex.

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